It was a night for epic comebacks for teams based in Orange County. However, it turned out much better for one team than the other.
The Los Angeles Angels rallied for four runs in the ninth inning Friday night at the Big A, but ended up losing 7-6 in 10 innings to the Houston Astros.
On the other hand, the Anaheim Ducks scored three third period goals to send their second round Stanley Cup playoff game into overtime, finally beating the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3 at Honda Center
The Angels’ loss dropped them below .500 at 15-16. It was their fourth loss in five games and puts them 5.5 games back of the Astros, still in second place in the AL west.
The Ducks’ win was their third straight in the series and gives them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game Six will be Sunday in Edmonton, and Game Seven – if necessary – would be on Wednesday back in Anaheim.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Angels woke up the rally monkey, scoring four runs on three singles and a ground out. Earlier in the game Albert Pujols and Martin Maldonado hit solo homers. For Pujols, it was his 595th home run.
In the 10th, Carlos Correa stroked a two-out single to drive in what proved to be the winning run for Houston.
“We’ve been bouncing back, coming from behind all year,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We put together a great inning in the ninth. Good at-bats all the way around. We just couldn’t get that last hit to push us through, but our guys played hard.”
The Angels will try again on Saturday, with J.C. Ramirez (3-2) making the start for the Angels.
In the Ducks’ game, Ryan Getzlaf, Cam Fowler and Rickard Rakell scored to tie the game up in the third, and Corey Perry lit the red lamp at the 6:57 point of double overtime on assists by Getzlaf and Rakell. During that stretch, the Ducks had played without a goalie in order to boost their offense.
“It’s something you can’t explain,” Perry said of the win. “You go out and it happens.”